Van Gogh is remembered for cutting off his own ear, but he rarely gets credit for attaching it to his own Frankenstein-like monster, which was assembled from great artists and offered free park-district calligraphy classes. Improve your artistic impulse naturally with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of crafts, clothing, and more at Art Star Gallery and Boutique in Northern Liberties. This Groupon must be used in a single visit to the Art Star Philly store on 2nd Street.
Art Star is greater Philadelphia’s handsome headquarters for a wide range of aesthetic amenities, including stationery, knickknacks, local artwork, handmade clothing, and more. Owners Erin Waxman and Megan Brewster, both Tyler School of Art alums, display a rotating selection of local art throughout the shop. You can buy the paintings to help support the scene, or simply feel the warm glow of portrait subjects’ eyes on your back as they follow you on your crafty mission. Art Star’s accessory collection gives starring, emotionally complex roles to pieces usually playing second banana. Restage the best dream you’ve ever had by introducing the finger-puppet versions of Steve Zissou and Ira Glass ($16 each) to one another, and then making them sing karaoke at the office holiday party. Future sensitive artistes can gain a head start on their inevitable astute fashion senses with the shop’s array of baby items and promote the best kind of revisionist history with the car-devouring dino tee by Hoosier Magnolia ($26). Folks who distribute their love letters via ocean bottles can peruse the store’s stationery inventory, and established bling buffs will be humbled by a vast collection of handmade jewelry.
Art Star Gallery and Boutique acts as an aesthetic crossroads for artists, collectors, appreciators, and the versatile demographic that inhabits the darkest shade of the Venn diagram.
- If you like the website Etsy, you'll adore this gallery-like Northern Liberties boutique, selling superfly handmade clothing, accessible fine art, amazing jewelry, and irresistible home accessories -- all at amazing prices. – Frommer’s
- Wow. The hype is true - Art Star is fantastic! This boutique/gallery that's in the Northern Liberties is too cute for words, as are all the items inside! – Zoe P., Yelp
Art Star Gallery
Art Star Gallery’s wares include offbeat threads and home goods to furnish well-considered lives. Jewelry reflects influences ranging from high art to childlike impishness, including patterned glass earrings and mustache cufflinks, and tank dresses in funky prints swish around knees as they draw admiring glances. Shoppers can stock their homes with eccentric touches by purchasing paper goods such as greeting cards and prints to put in kitchens, in bedrooms, and over failed tunneling experiments in the cellar.